Happy New Year, everyone! We rang in the new year by watching the final episodes of season 2 of Downton Abbey and are anxiously awaiting its return to PBS on Sunday. My husband actually got hooked on it and watched both seasons with me. I still can't believe that I got to meet and hug the waist of the dashing Matthew Crowley! I cried again when he proposed at the end of last season. I just have to post the picture one more time. :)
Both my husband and I are starting out the new year not feeling too good. Bummer! I have so much I'd like to be doing but I'm laying low - my cold has now turned into a pounding sinus headache. Makes me really thankful for all the days I feel great!
Yesterday I barely moved all day and took the opportunity to try something new! I turned my December blog posts into a hardcover book using Blurb. It ended up being 60 pages with 350+ photos. It "slurps" up the blog posts and arranges them in the book - I had to then go through and rearrange things so that there was only one entry per page and choose the layouts for the photos. I'll let you know how I like it when I receive it (supposedly by January 15.) Here's a little preview of it...
Thinking of the year ahead... does anyone feel like I do - I like even number years better than odd numbered years. Just the sound of it. Hmmm... strange I know. I don't know much of what this year holds, but I am so glad I know WHO holds the future!
I've got several personal and professional goals this year and will take some time today to write them down. For one, I'd like to upgrade to a real website - looking for the right person to design it. I'd like to have a travel website where I would be able to share travel information and have sponsors. I'd like to self-publish (or publish with someone else) travel guides to the cities I frequent most (Paris, London, New York.) I'd like to take more time to "play" - just create for the sake of creating rather than for a class. I'd like to learn something new and outside my comfort zone to bring to my students.
I have the usual physical goals - eat better, lose a few pounds, move more; spiritually, I'd like to find a Bible study I could do on my own - I can't commit to attending one with my travel schedule, grow closer to God, pray more, and so on; and the list goes on and on...
Have you chosen a word for the new year? My word for 2012 was "light." This year I haven't narrowed it down to one word yet. The words that keep coming to mind are appreciation, grace, and purpose. Have you chosen a word for the year yet?
God bless you today!